Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Fitting Past Few Days

a giant THANK YOU to everyone! 

Steve and I can not begin to express how much your words and support have touched us along this wild journey.
Thank you for all of the wonderful wishes on my last post.
We were so excited to share our gender reveal video with everyone.  We watched it later Thursday night and cried such joyful tears again as we took in that special moment.  It is certainly one that won't be forgotten - one that we are so happy we can relive again and again - and someday show our daughter.

Our daughter.

It's really sinking in for the both of us.  The first couple days, we caught ourselves still referring to her as "the baby" and even "little guy" (as we, especially I, thought for sure it was a boy).  And then, we'd pause for a second and smile, looking at one another
 while realizing we can now say "she" and "little girl."
  I think I've cried about a million and seven times these past few days.  While in Target this weekend, shopping for a couple important little girls in our life - it hit me. 
I passed the adorable, tiny, preppy boy sweaters and plaid shirts that I had my eyes on for years -  always picturing us having a little boy.  Making my way to the girls' section, I began running my fingers along the pint-sized dresses, the baby jeans, the tops adorned with bows and tulle and glitter - and I lost it...
"Steve!!  We are having a girl!! " I screamed as he called me to come over and take a look at the cute kitten hat he just found.

It's just such a surprise.   Yes, of course, I know it's a 50/50 chance.  We would have been just as thrilled with a boy.   To get such a surprise like that, was so neat (there I go again with that word).  A big WOW - that sweet little being growing inside of me - we "saw" her on Thursday - we watched her move and dance - we watched her heart beat, blood pump through her body, her feet wiggle, her mouth open and close. 

It's all such a miracle.
One we will be forever grateful for.

(ultrasound photos and 20 week bump shots coming in the next post.)

Pictures taken right before we found out...

It was amazing and exhilarating being able to share our news with our loved ones - loud screeches (mostly from me) filled our living room...happy tears...elated screams...
It's a girl - shrieking from my lungs (just like you may have heard on the video).  A few friends had to ask me to repeat myself because of my hyena/witch cackles and cries.

Steve and I telling my mom the exciting news - she hyena shrieked right along with me.
She is going to be one awesome and incredible grandma Dee Dee (as she will be called)!

I loved watching Steve call his friends - he is already one proud daddy!

This past weekend couldn't have been more fitting and glorious for the news we just received.  It's like it was already planned out for us - giving us a taste of all things girl.

Kim and I went to breakfast Friday...sitting until mid-afternoon...talking about babies and children and the joys and humor of motherhood.
I got teary-eyed when she excitingly gestured to the space in between us and said, "Just think, next year there will be a little baby joining us right here!"


Saturday, we headed over to Kelly and Kurt's.  Steve and I were all ready for our big sleepover.   We talked about it all week...and how fun it'd be to stay over with Addison and Chloe while their mom and dad enjoyed a night to themselves.

 Miss Chloe was the first to wake up from her nap.

Before she even finished her snack, she was begging Mimi to play hairdresser.

Addison woke up soon after and didn't bother asking for a snack - she loves playing hairdresser and couldn't wait to jump on in with her sister.
Steve and I laughed hysterically a few minutes into her styling...
She asked, "Mimi, how come whenever you come over your hair is always crazy and lumpy?  Can you help me brush it?"
Crazy and lumpy - she just described my hair perfectly - HILARIOUS!

And then the real fun came...
They love digging through Mimi's purse.  You never know what you're going to find.  There was an uneaten apple at the way bottom from probably a week ago.  And to Addison's dismay, sadly no gum was found.
Chloe busted out the hot pink gloss.  Addison discovered her favorite - my liquid eyeliner.  And then, they went to town.  Oh, but not on me.

On Steve.
And it was hysterical and heartwarming and adorable!
I giggled and smiled teary smiles as I watched him be such a good sport.
And thought about the years to come with our little girl

a flower and a person tattoo to start.

some gloss and a few more additions.

Chloe, you did a fabulous job, girlfriend!

Ravishing - I think this is a good look for Steve.

Addison found some shiny earrings in my purse.  She didn't believe me when I told her Steve had earring holes (from his old Steve-O days).  He let her put the earrings in.  She was amazed!  And completed the look with a few of her clippies.

Next, it was my turn.  They asked to "make me into a cat."
Sounds good to this crazy cat lady!

Thanks, girls!  We love our new looks.

We joked that knowing our luck, the doorbell would ring.  Could you imagine?!  Hi, we're the babysitters for the night!  We just escaped the loony bin.

After scrubbing our faces (babywipes work awesome), Addison and I decorated her princess mirror.
She loved her some glitter glue. 

It turned out fabulous!

Steve got his exercise for the next 20 minutes as Chloe and Addison screamed "Again!  Again!" 47 times!

Dancing and singing before and after dinner to Katy Perry's, "Firework"
on repeat!

 This girl has all the moves.


We couldn't wait to watch a movie and snuggle up.  Pinocchio, it was!
Or "Po-key-no" as Chloe says.
Addison and I wore our kitty pjs and ate a lil' Halloween treat.

Breakfast was bright and early. 
Chloe joyfully inhaled her bagel.

We read stories while giving manicures.  Addison requested I add some pink stripes to her red polish.  Chloe asked for sparkles.

And our beautiful stay with these awesome ladies ended on just the right note -
with another round of dancing (to "Firework," of course).


Sunday, we celebrated Aubrey's very special birthday!
My step-sister's daughter turned one!

Who doesn't love watching a baby discover and devour their very first cupcake?!

Happy Birthday, babe!

She was in awe of the pretty red icing!


It's been a magical past few days and Steve and I can't wait to get started with all of our ideas!!

Thank you all!!  You've been such a blessing to us. <3
See ya soon.

Baby Girl Lovin',


Karen said...

I am dying at the make up job on you and Steve!! You guys are such a blessing to each other and to Chloe and Addison. They are lucky to have such cool "babysitters." xoxoxo

Maria said...

They really know their stuff when it comes to beauty treatments! You make an adorable cat! Speaking of cats... did you say that Steve found a kitten at Target? LOL

You are going to be such a good girl mom! With a fun purse like that, any little girl would be in heaven!

So happy for you both!

JP said...

Super fun! How sweet of you and Steve to keep the girls overnight. And to make such a party out of it.

Tami said...

By the look of your (make up) faces (heehee) I can tell you are preparing for a little girl. I think it is 'neat' that Steve is so involved and giddy about the entire pregnancy. Congrats again Maria & Steve!!

Katharine (LauraKat81) said...

Omg!!! How did I miss your gender reveal?!?! Lol! Congrats!!!!

:::::runs off to go watch it::::::::

E and R said...

AHHH!!! I missed the gender reveal :( I have to go watch it.
BUT...YAY, YAY, YAY! So excited for you - that is one lucky little girl!!!

~Rian said...

What a fun post!!! I loved y'alls makeovers! Can't wait until your next post! :)


Rebecca said...

Yum cake!!!

I LOVE your bracelet, where did you get it????

Having a girl is the best, you will have a much fun.

Whitney said...

I love that your mom "hyena shrieked" right along with you! I bet she is so excited to be having a little grand-daughter! And what a fun night with Addison and Chloe...getting in some good practice! : ) Especially Steve lol. He was such a good sport!

Aleisha McD said...

Wonderful!! Steve looked so pretty!! Ha ha!! I loved all the pics and OH MY GOSH, your gallery wall is awesome!! Um...has that always been there? Ha ha! I'm sheepishly asking. I don't remember it being that way when I was there. It looks so fabulous. It kills me because I WAS THERE!! In your house!!! It's still amazing to me. I love you and am looking forward to those baby bump pictures. A girl, a girl!!!!!!
I love you!!

Angela said...

You know, I always admired the close bond you and your mom have...you can feel it just by looking at the pics you post and the way you write about her on the blog, I cant help but think how cool it is that you are having a little girl...another little lady to have that bond with.
you and Steve are hands down THEE colest babysitters! Omg! Will you please come watch my kids????

Lora said...

Awwwww. Addison and Chloe are so pretty. And they have the two of you completely wrapped around their little fingers. It's wonderful that you are getting all this practice. But I don't think you need it. You were just MADE to be a Mommy. ;-) Your DAUGHTER!! Your baby girl. So happy for you, I could just kick something haha!

Lauren said...

Hooray for a baby girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COngrats. The girls did a fabulous job on your faces! hahaha.....sending you much love!!


Ashley said...

Love the make up jobs on you two! How fitting that you would be a cat! :)

I am so excited for you to finally know what you are having. It is such fun to start shopping for all those special little things.

Wishing you guys a great week!

Rachel Marie said...

Sounds like you had an awesome sleepover and great girl time :) I think the next time I have little Madisyn over, we too shall dance along to some Katy Perry. As always, great post. Love you guys <3

Brittany said...

Hahahahaha! Dying over the Steve makeup pictures....TOO funny! What a great sport. He is going to be such an amazing Daddy to y'all's little girl!! It's good he's getting a little practice in now :).

How cute is Aubrey's Elmo cake? I want one! She is precious...hope she had a wonderful first birthday. It won't be long before Baby Girl Beano will be turning one....isn't that crazy to think about?! I know, she's not even here yet, but still! I can't WAIT to "meet" her! She's gonna be such a little doll. Such an exciting time for you guys! I am so so so happy for you both. Keep soaking it all up :). Love to the three of you!!

Cami said...

I love that you capture such AMAZING moments during this whole process. It is SO special and you're going to look back for years come and be SO happy you have so many great shots <3
I love it - hyena/witch cackles - you are just too cute!!
I can't wait to hear BABY GIRL names...ahhh!!!
I am just SO THRIlleD for you and Steve!!!

Rachel said...

Cute photos! New follower via the blog hop. :)


Judy Haughton-James said...

Great post as always Maria! I can see that it is a lot of fun being with Addison and Chloe! I like their make-up job!:) You are both going to have such a wonderful time with your daughter. Wow! Look at that beautiful cake. I can remember how much Janine and I enjoyed watching Sesame Street!:) Continue to have many happy days and as always I wish you, Steve and Beano all the very best. Love & Friendship always!

Jess @ LifeintheWhiteHouse.com said...

Steve looks fantastic! Love his makeup!

It's so exciting finding out gender!

Kerry said...

Wow Steve, I've never seen you look so hot!! Hahaha at least he was a good sport and allowed those little cutie-pies to decorate his face lol
They are seriously adorable and it is no wonder you had fun with them (although you guys probably went home and napped haha)
You will see girl stuff everywhere now!!! So fun :)
I hope you both have a wonderful weekend together and btw just ignore my invite to read my private blog lol I changed my mind and I am still public :)
Much love to you!! xoxoxox

Nicole Buckingham said...

so sweet and fun and sweet. These are the days, aren't they, of miracles and wonder... congrats to you both on "the little girl". =)


I wanted to personally invite you too to join me and our beautiful team for An Aloha Affair-- it's a new sort of way of being/ growing together in a more meaningful way and we're truly committed to you having a great experience-- I hope you'll join us... save ya a spot?...


Our Little Fam said...

Maria, I have been so MIA from bloggyland but I wanted to let you know that I have been thinking about you. I feel so much happiness for you and your husband and your DAUGHTER! Congratulations, so very awesome! I think you have the cutest baby bump. I can even see it when you are sitting and getting your cat make up done ;)

Christina Morley said...

Congrats for baby girl on the way! And, being a mom of 4, I know how important good babysitters are and, by the photos, you guys were great! I'm following from the Friendly Friday hop and I took your followers number from 666 to 667. Hahaha! I have a blog hop on the go, by the way. Link up if you can!

Tina - American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa

Jessica @ TheCrazyChaoticHouse said...

OMG! those pictures are too funny! You two are the coolest babysitters around...haha. That is wonderful you two watched the girls! Looks like everyone had tons of fun. Oh what I would do for a night out....I am sure mom and dad appreicated it:) So looking forward to all your upcoming post of that growing belly!!

Life Happens said...

Congrats!! From the way your husband interacts with those cuties, she will definitely be a daddy's girl!

Olivia {i am still learning} said...

Your joy is contagious!

You two are going to be amazing parents :)

Irish Carter of Dedicated 2 LIFE said...

Oh how I love this. If I had a little one right this moment...you and Steve could babysit for me....you make two great caretakers and you are soooo funny together. Love it! This post created some great thoughts for me with what I see down the road for you and your family. I'll be sending an email to you and steve about this. =)

Take care...wishing you both the best.


Chris said...

Hi Maria, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

You will make the best mom and Steve will be the best dad! I had Hayley first and my little girl is the most special person in my life. The bond between a little girl and her dad is also unbelievable! Those pictures are so cute! I am just so HAPPY For you! xosxo

Asha said...

you win the "best babysitters" award for sure! I love your blog and am your nwest follower :) Hope you'll follow back at ashareyes.blogspot.com

p.s. - Congrats on finding out you are having girl!!!

Becky {This Is Happiness} said...

What a fun couple you are! Congrats on the exciting news. Over from the Mom's Monday Mingle and now following. Look forward to checking out your gender reveal video and more of your blog. Have a great day!

Miki said...

Oh, man! You're going to be such great parents! Those girls seem to have had a wonderful time with you guys. And Steve looks so cute with all the make-up and the earrings, hahaha! :p

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